Fukudome has left knee sprain, done for season?

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Some injury news out of Chicago.  Or San Diego, really.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Padres due to a mild left knee sprain that he suffered Wednesday while stealing third base.

The injury doesn’t sound overly serious, and shouldn’t affect him at all long-term, but there is a chance that the 33-year-old won’t return this season.

The Cubs are expected to shop Fukudome this winter because of the $13.5 million that he’s owed in 2011 and his poor performance at the plate over the last two-and-a-half seasons.  With all things considered, they might have trouble finding a deal.

Fukudome has turned in a .263/.371/.439 batting line, 13 home runs and 44 RBI in 358 at-bats this season.  He swiped seven bases but was caught eight times and is just a .259/.368/.410 career hitter.

Nothing went Adrian Beltre’s way last night

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It was an unfortunate night on the base paths for future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre in the A’s-Rangers game. First because of, you guessed it, The Man, and second because of the Fates and maybe Father Time.

As far as The Man goes, someplace in the rule book it says that, after a foul ball, the ball is dead until pitcher has the new ball and is ready to pitch. Beltre was counting on people either not knowing that rule or acknowledging that it’s a lame rule which kills the chances for fun. He was standing on first base when Jurickson Profar fouled one off. After the ump handed Jonathan Lucroy a new ball, Lucroy tossed it back wildly to the pitcher and . . . Beltre just took the hell off, ending up on third.

It’s the third highlight in this three-part highlight reel:

 

Here it is in GIF form:

I think he should’ve been award third base on chutzpah alone, but no one asks me about such things.

Less fun was when Beltre singled in the bottom of the eighth. It would’ve been a double — he hit a line drive to right-center that one-hopped the wall — but he just barely got to first, having strained his left hamstring running down the line, forcing him out of the game.

Beltre will be evaluated today, but this will almost certainly mean a trip to the DL for the 39-year-old. He’s the third Opening Day infielder the Rangers have lost to injury so far on the young season.